What Are Essential Oils?

What Are Essential Oils?

What Are Essential Oils & Why You Should Use Them

What Are Essential Oils?

Essential oils are plant extracts that are aromatic. These oils help the plant regulate growth and metabolism, builds the plant's immune system and wards off viruses, bacteria, fungi, parasites and inserts.  Like plants, these essential oils can help our body function better. 

Essential oils are extracted from plant leaves, roots, flowers, seeds, bark, wood, resin, and fruit.  Methods for extracting essential oils from plant are steam distillation and cold press extraction.

Essential oils are extremely concentrated, up to 70x stronger than herbs. For example, 1 drop of peppermint oil is as powerful as 28 cups of peppermint tea.  We have 100 trillion cells in our body, one drop of essential oil contains enough molecules to cover every cell many times over. Isn't that amazing! 

Why Use Essential Oils?

Essential oils are not a new trend.  They have actually been around for thousands of years.  Past civilizations used them for their therapeutic and aromatic properties.  More recently, essential oil use has had a resurgence.  As people become more health aware and want more natural options, essential oils are filling that need.

Each essential oil has many medicinal properties, they vary depending on the oil. Here is a list of common essential oil medicinal properties:

  • Antibacterial
  • Analgesic (pain relief)
  • Antidepressant
  • Antifungal
  • Antiviral
  • Antibiotic
  • Digestive
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Relaxant
  • Antioxidant
  • Decongestant
  • Antiparasitic
  • Antiseptic
  • Antispasmodic
  • Astringent
  • Diuretic
  • Immune Support
  • Sedative
  • Expectorant
  • Stimulant
  • Disinfectant

Essential oils are a wonderful compliment to a healthy lifestyle.  Essential oils do not prevent, treat or cure.  They are actually tools that your body can use.  They work naturally with your body so your own body can heal itself. 

Essential oils are a 100% natural way to care for your health.  They are completely natural, nothing has been added or taken away.  So there are no side effects or addictions.  They are safe and effective, even for sensitive skin (just dilute with carrier oil before you apply and make sure they are high quality).

Not all essential oils are created the same.  Research the oil company before you buy to guarantee high quality essential oils.  Be sure to get 100% natural, no artificial ingredients, no fragrance or fillers, free of pesticides and other chemical residues.  

3 Methods To Use Essential Oils

Aromatic: The most common way to utilize essential oils is through aromatherapy, simply smelling the aroma and inhaling it in through your nasal passages and into your lungs. This is a highly effective way to reap the benefits of essential oils. 

Aromatherapy can be achieved by simply smelling essential oils from the bottle, using a diffuser, making essential oil sprays and spritzing in your environment or through nasal inhaler. 

Topically: The second method is by applying to skin. You can do this neat (undiluted) or by diluting your essential oils first before applying. This method is great for local relief of an aliment or for generalized use.  Applying to the bottom of the feet will get the oils into your bloodstream.

An easy way to apply topically is with roller bottles.  Just add 15-30 drops of your favorite oil or oil blend then fill rest of bottle with carrier oil and roll on where the oil is needed.

Internal: Taking essential oils internally by ingestion can be very effective.  Not all essential oils can be ingested though. Make sure your oils are high quality and labeled for internal use.

Essential oils can be consumed in vegetable caps, putting in water or other drinks, dropping under tongue or adding into foods. 

 Are you excited about what you read?  Many people are enjoying the benefits essential oils can provide.  I hope you decide to try essential oils if you haven't already.

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*The information provided here is not intended to cure, diagnose or treat medical conditions, nor is it a substitute for medical advice. Post may include affiliate links. See full disclaimer.

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